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AdinaA Apr 23, 2013 06:40 AM

New to Manhattan young professional has asked for help finding a kosher spot to add to the rotation of a group of low-paid, entry level, just-out-of-grad school professionals who have dinner together once a month to network and drink (er, enhance their professional skills and contacts) There are apparently a umber of midtown non-kosher places that pour drinks and beer and serve pizza for a reasonable price and that let you sit and talk and linger.

Anything that fills this bill (inexpensively priced food, drinks, space to sit and talk) in the kosher category - Union Square or Penn Station area, or not to far afield.

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    Moishefrompardes RE: AdinaA Apr 23, 2013 09:37 AM

    I would imagine the only thing that would fit the bill would be the cheaper IKC certified type spots like hummus place. which not everyone is going to want to eat at. the truth is is that any properly supervised place that relied on alchohol sales from Jews and served cheap food and didn't turn its tables would be out of business in a month.

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      avitrek RE: AdinaA Apr 23, 2013 03:33 PM

      I finally made it to Bravo tonight myself. While I wasn't crazy with crust on the pie I had(too floppy for a thin crust), I did notice they serve beer. It's probably the only kosher pizza place in Manhattan I've seen that serves beer, so in that sense it might fit the bill.

      The only other options I can think of would be if any of the veg indian places serve beer(assuming the crowd will eat there).

      Of course the other option is to eat a quick dinner first and then hit a bar nearby.

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        Moishefrompardes RE: avitrek Apr 23, 2013 03:36 PM

        theres one dairy/indian place whos name im spacing that has hashgacha by a local rabbi I used to eat at before I went CY it was really good but the name is escaping me.

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          zsero RE: Moishefrompardes Apr 24, 2013 12:34 AM

          I think you mean Madras Cafe on 2nd Ave and about 4th St. Unfortunately it closed years ago.

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        DeisCane RE: AdinaA Apr 24, 2013 05:29 AM

        I can't think of anything that fits the bill. Some/many of the Indian places, regardless of hashgacha, don't serve alcohol. And they don't really encourage lingering anyhow. None of the falafelish places serve alcohol or have much in terms of seating. And all the rest of the places are certainly not inexpensive (Prime Grill, etc.). Frankly, I think the best option may be Le Marais, which isn't saying much.

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          Kosher_Fiend RE: AdinaA Apr 24, 2013 09:44 AM

          Setting aside the discussion of kashrut certification, USQ/Penn Station area is tough. Perhaps Ben's Kosher near Penn Station is a good option since they have a sizable bar area and a full service bar which could encourage lingering. A few kosher-certified places in Curry Hill do serve a selection of drinkable beers, but they do not really have what I would consider a bar/pub ambiance.

          Tiberias (on 34th St., a stones throw from Penn Station) could fit the bill as it does have a liquor license (although it may be limited) and a seating area that would do in a pinch.

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            cheesecake17 RE: Kosher_Fiend Apr 24, 2013 10:34 AM

            Ben's is what I was thinking. They get a decent after work crowd, so it wouldn't be empty at that hour. If its a planned type of event, they could probably do an appetizer menu or set out predetermined food.

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              GilaB RE: cheesecake17 Apr 24, 2013 11:07 AM

              Note that Ben's is certified by the Triangle K.

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                cheesecake17 RE: GilaB Apr 24, 2013 11:14 AM

                Yes, I know that. Kosher_fiend mentioned "setting aside the discussion of kashrut certification"

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            Whitecollarmedia RE: AdinaA Apr 24, 2013 01:16 PM

            Mr. Broadway I find to have tap and bottles of beer with decent food. It's located on 37th and broadway. Enjoy!

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              Kosher_Fiend RE: AdinaA Apr 25, 2013 08:26 AM

              Another option may be Colbeh. There's a bar area there as well as a more lounge-y feel. Though the price point is much higher.

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                AdinaA RE: AdinaA Apr 25, 2013 08:42 AM

                Thank you.

                They went to Ladino and loved it - but the price was a little high for the group. I have given them all of your suggestions, and they will try one of them, probably Bravo, Mr. Broadway or Tiberias next month.

                It's nice when the kosher member of a professional group can eat the pizza, too.

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                  cheesecake17 RE: AdinaA Apr 25, 2013 04:02 PM

                  Ladino has a fixed menu for large groups. Don't know why I didn't think of this before! I believe it's $40/pp for unlimited tapas

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                    bagelman01 RE: cheesecake17 Apr 25, 2013 04:52 PM

                    This might sound good for us established adults, but I don't think $40pp plus almost 30% tax/tip PLUS the cost of cocktails would meet the needs of those low paid entry level professionals that Adina writes about in the OP.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: bagelman01 Apr 25, 2013 06:01 PM

                      Drinks were included. I think beer, wine, and sangria.

                      I mentioned it b/c if the group went there anyway...at least they have this option. I'm thinking they paid even more than that.

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